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Sally Field will have a place in the Lincoln White House

April 13, 2011 |  4:51 pm

Sally Field has been on the big screen only a few times in the past 15 years, but if you're making a comeback, may as well do it in a big, awards-baiting way.

The two-time Oscar winner has been cast as Mary Todd Lincoln in "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's historical drama about the 16th president, playing opposite title character Daniel Day-Lewis in the DreamWorks production.

The story is largely one of politics, particularly centering on the last years of Lincoln's life and abolition/the Civil War. The Field role is expected to be substantive. Spielberg noted the actress' ability to depict the "fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln." (Field, incidentally, will also be seen in the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man;" she currently stars in ABC's "Brothers & Sisters.").

"Lincoln" aims to shoot later this year for a planned 2012 release; it's based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin's nonfiction book "Team of Rivals" and has a screenplay from Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner. So there may be an awards push. (Lincoln-era America is back in the theatrical zeitgeist: Robert Redford's "The Conspirator," about the trial of accused John Wilkes Booth conspirator Mary Surratt, opens this weekend.)

Prior to Field's casting, speculation had actresses in their 30s and 40s playing the Mary Todd character; indeed, at 64, Field is already older than Lincoln was when she died. She will play a character far younger in the storyline explored here -- she was in her late 40s when her husband was killed.

In another, less historical take on the Civil War-era White House,  "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,"
the Mary Todd Lincoln character will be played by an actress not often associated with Sally Field: "Scott Pilgrim" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead.


Honest Daniel: Day-Lewis cast as Abraham Lincoln

Spielberg riding 'War Horse'

A Jackie Kennedy movie, courtesy of Steven Spielberg

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Sally Field in "Brothers & Sisters." Credit: Michael Desmond / ABC

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Lincoln was a Republican, yet I'm sure there will be some sort of liberal bent put on this story. Can't wait to see how they try to make him out to "really be a Democrat." Hollywood is so crazy...

Sally Field is one of the greatest, most unappreciated actresses of her generation. It'll be exciting to see to go toe to toe with Daniel Day Lewis. She's proven she can deliver time and time again during her career. I predict Oscar number 3 is in her future. Bravo Spielberg!

Kirstina M

He was a liberal Republican. Remember them?

He was a liberal Republican. Remember them?

No he was a Conservative Republican. He was for the status quo, that is preserving the Union!

President Lincoln was also a good Christian. It was White Christians that led the way to end slavery.

More of Speilbergs attempts to rewrite history. While I think Sally field is a good actress she is far too old to play Mary Todd Lincoln. Its not like there aren't hundreds of other actresses who could fill the part.

The movie with Daniel Day Lewis sounds boring. Especially when the post-assassination Mary Todd Lincoln story is so rich, bizarre and unmined, including an exile in Europe with son Tad before his death and later, Mary selling her clothes to some NYC mooks who rat her out to the press and, most frightening, son Robert having her railroaded into a legal nut house. Seems to me it deserves its own telling.

Yeah, he was a liberal Republican who wanted to ship the blacks back to Africa.

ANOTHER Lincoln, and, staler still with Sally Field
once again.

Seems all these decades of promoting EUGENICS has
finally gotten to franchise slum Hollywood.
The FINAL toll being utter sterility.

----franchise slum Hollywood's latest ad nauseum moral alibi.

SORRY KIDS ----it's NOT working.


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